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6321.0 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, Sep 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/12/2003   
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KEY FIGURES



12 months
Aug
Sep
ended
2003
2003
Sep 2003

Number of disputes
r74
79
659
Number of employees involved ('000)
r14.3
83.6
200.7
Working days lost ('000)
r26.1
96.7
357.3
Working days lost per thousand employees
. .
. .
44

r revised
. . not applicable
Working days lost
Graph - Working days lost

KEY POINTS


MONTHLY ESTIMATES
  • During September 2003, there were 79 disputes, 5 more than August 2003.
  • The number of employees involved in industrial disputes increased from 14,300 in August 2003 to 83,600 in September 2003.
  • There were 96,700 working days lost due to industrial disputation in September 2003, an increase of 70,600 from August 2003.
  • The Education and Health and community services industries accounted for 63,200 (65%) of the total number of working days lost in September 2003. Most of these working days lost resulted from strike action by teachers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
  • In September 2003, New South Wales accounted for 49,800 (51%) of working days lost.

ANNUAL ESTIMATES
  • During the twelve months ended September 2003, there were 659 disputes, 71 less than in the twelve months ended September 2002.
  • During the twelve months ended September 2003, there were 357,300 working days lost, 85,700 more than in the twelve months ended September 2002.
  • The Coal mining industry had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (426) in the twelve months ended September 2003.
  • Victoria had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (65) in the twelve months ended September 2003, followed by Western Australia (61).


NOTES

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Revisions have been made to the monthly series as a result of disputes being identified after the release of the previous issue and as a result of correcting errors in previously reported data.


ABBREVIATIONS

ABSAustralian Bureau of Statistics
ANZSICAustralian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification


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